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from south africa. >>> i'm sam brock. we elect our members in congress, in theory to represent us. isn't that the idea? what we're getting is the blame game. coming up in reality check, senator marco rubio and house speaker john boehner have it right when they say president obama has ownership of the sequestration cuts. >>> so where is everyone? this past weekend president obama was vacationing in flo florida. meanwhile, congress has left for for a weeklong forecast. >> march 1st is the deadline for sequestration, the automatic cuts that will put a heavy burden on our military. >> leon pa nnetta warned congre that failure to address the issue could lead to furloughs for 800,000 defense workers. in tonight's reality check sam brock tries to figure out who is responsible for these impending cuts. >> a lot of finger pointing, raj. wouldn't it be nice if elected officials did what they were elected to do? that's neither here nor there. leon pa nnetta's announcement oy brought more dialogue for sequestrati sequestration. what dialogue? lawmakers have given up on a solution and they're worri
but there are problems. a former cop is still on the run. plus -- >> i'm sam brock. is it christmas early in san jose? city hall is reporting its first budget surplus in a decade. the mayor is promising things he can't deliver when it comes to breathing life back into the police department and other beleaguered agencies. ooh kfc. hey, you're supposed to wait for everybody. you know what, while we're waiting why don't we play a game of hide and seek? right now? yeah go hide. go on buddy. one, two... [ son ] come and find me! three! [ son ] are you even looking for me? i am looking! [ male announcer ] bite-sized chicken's grown up. kfc bites. freshly hand-breaded big bites of premium breast meat, seasoned in the colonel's original recipe. try 10 bites with an 8 piece meal for $19.99. [ son ] dad? [ male announcer ] today tastes so good. >>> it's been a lean last few years for san jose, a city trying to recover from blistering budget cuts. >> perhaps nowhere have those cuts been felt more than in the city's police department which has seen rising crime and morale plummet. >> in tonight's reality check,
healthier. >> reporter: i'm sam brock. when harbaugh uttered those seven famous words he had no idea how far they'd be taken so we asked who does have it better than us? anybody? tonight's reality check we see the bay area sports scene really is the best in the country. >> it's like a ghost almost. down to the window. >> and what's old is new again. the reopening here in the bay area. >>> it is not your ordinary bar. a new home tonight. >> the gold dust lives on but no longer in union square. as joe rosato shows us, this was no ordinary grand opening. >> reporter: the old gold dust lounge stared on to powell street. been this way since the classic old time union bar closed several months ago after losing its lease. p patrons would say you can't go home again. but in this case you can take home with you. >> it's like a ghost almost, like i'm walking into -- the front is just like the old place. down to the windows. >> reporter: longtime customers of the old bar will likely feel a little deja vu as they step into the new gold dust opening at fisherman's wharf. >> we did everything possible to
raise but will it help or hurt the economy? sam brock takes a look in tonight's reality check. >>> also, from spring training, trading in microphones. >>> a valentine's day tale for the ages. a local couple that became quasi heroes for doing the right thing. >>> and good evening. i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center tracking this storm for tonight. we've had it all -- lightning, hail, low snow. more rain across the santa cruz mountains. we'll let you know how long that will stick around. if you're curious about how much rainfall we have had, anywhere from a quarter to over a half inch in the castro valley. >>> a valentine's day surprise that didn't come in a blue box or a vase. instead it came in a camera case. joe rosato jr. shows us there are more than just valuable memories inside. >> there's me. >> reporter: like so many other couples on valentine's day, carlos and barbara were looking for a little romance. >> it was valentine's day, february 14th. and my husband says, let's go to san francisco. >> reporter: so last thursday the vallejo couple drove to the golden gate
with nbc bay area's sam brock for tonight's reality check on the state of the union. sam joins us with a look at whether the president's claims for gun reform and proposals to boost the economy all ring true, sam. >> major issues, jessica. and above all else, we would say this. first, that the president's goal tonight was fairly simple. he had to make the case for his various policy proposals. now on gun reform, it was more of an emotional plea for improving minimum wage standards, the president took a more practical approach. but in both cases he needs the facts on his side. and in that regard there were mixed reviews. looking to strike an internal chord with the still tearful audience tuesday night, president obama shined the light on families victimized by gun violence. >> they deserve a vote. >> reporter: before making the following claim about passing new gun laws. >> overwhelming majority of americans, americans who believe in the second amendment have come together around common sense reform, like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands o
is shrinking? it sounds more like a rid. sam brock takes a look in tonight's reality chicagoing. >> i'm janelle wang. america's next possible defense secretary in the hot seat. the angry questions directed at chuck hagel. an explosion in mex stow city at a major oil company leaves more than a dozen dead. world tonight is next. you're on timeout leo! some things won't last 25 years. ah! woof! some things will. some things won't last 25 years. ah! woof! some things will. >>> it was a grilling on capitol hill today. pointed questions for president obama's phenomenon knee for secretary of defense. and many of those questions came from the nominee's own party. >> janelle wang is here with our world tonight. janelle. >> former february nebraska senator chuck hagel hammered today at his senate confirmation hearing. one of the most heated exchanges came from his former friends senator john mccain who grilled hagel on his opposition to the 2007 surge of u.s. forces into iraq. >> deserves your judgment as to whether you were right or wrong about the surge. >> i'll explain why i made those comments. >> i
predecessor when it comes to trading his civil liberties for security. tonight's reality check, sam brock joins us and takes a look at one of president obama's policies warrant that kind of criticism. >>> good evening. there's a perception among some folks that president obama governed far to the left. the truth is when it comes to defending our country, actually far more conservative. i think some of the most controversial elements of president bush's policy, adding some of his own to the mix. from drone strikes he first targeted killing to nsa wiretapping, both presidents bush and obama have found themselves tiptoeing the line protecting our country and violating civil liberties in the war on terror. which president has gone farther? here are the it typical responses from bay area residents when we posed that question monday. >> i would say george w. bush. i'm not 100% pleased with president obama's record on civil liberties. >> under the name of homeland security. now that was started in bush but now obama was so much better, would he not change? of course not. >> reporter: the type of
. >> in tonight's reality check, sam brock joins us to investigate whether or not a new homeowner bill of rights which went into effect six weeks ago is paying huge dividends. >> jessica, that is what the group realtytraccing is claiming that a month old homeowner bill of rights is "profoundly altering the u.s. foreclosure landscape." while california has taken steps to safeguard homeowners that may have already started bearing frurkts the wide-reaching claim of the new national landscape can't be true because there isn't enough data to back it up. at the height of the housing crisis, california suffered like everybody else. dragging down the national foreclosure rate with record activity. but now that thing are turning around, according to the group relate till trak, foreclosures national little have dipped 28% in just the last year. california is receiving a lot of the credit. but is it deserving? >> we do believe that part of the dramatic nature of the drop in california is due to the homeowners bill of rights that took effect in january. >> wait a minute. a series of consumer protections sig
create big waves. in tonight's reality check, sam brock examines whether or not the state can really claim it's looking out for the public safety interest by selling the stock. >> reporter: good evening. it's a very good question and it's also where you could argue calpers finds itself in murky waters. if you look, there are some that are just as harmful, if not more so, than gun manufacturers. to this day, the nation still bows its head to the victims of newtown as capitol hill lawmakers figure out what steps should be taken to curb future bloodshed. while potential bans on assault weapons and high-capacity clips stall in congress, california's largest pension fund, calpers has voted to divest its $5 million stake in gun manufacturers. but is the decision consistent with calpers philosophy? to find out the most recent investment report from fiscal year 2011 and uncovered some pieces to the portfolio that don't seem to fit, like this u.s. stock investment, activision blizzard inc. publishes the game you are watching right now "call of duty: black ops 2"" regarded as one of the most v
's reality check, sam brock eyeballs the numbers released by the white house this weekend showing how california will be affected. sam? >> that's the question and, raj, you know one thing about sequestration, it is quite clear throughout all of this, belt tightening from the federal government will hurt economic growth in this state and many other states for that matter and furloughs, but as many as the president predicts in a sobering report since the white house wouldn't provide us with the sources of their figures despite repeated requests, we did some digging ourselves. it's been likened to a buschering of the federal budget, a blunted edge slicing through fresh meat. military services, education, even medical research. we're talk iing about sequestration, it's a series of automatic funding cuts that the obama administration and congressional leaders never intended to actually take effect. >> is it for california? >> i think it's an exaggeration. stupid would be a better word. >> reporter: steven levy for the study of the california economy, a group that studies economic trends in
suggest that mayor reed failed. is that true? sam brock dusts off last year's state of the city address to see if the mayor kept his props to the people of san jose? >> raj, one thing is undeniably true. it's been a tough last few years for the city of san jose. shrinking budgets, layoffs, pension reform. but mayor reed said last year those measures would pave the way for restoring services. now, what did we find in the mayor largely delivered on his promise, but funding it still shrank for the city's most critical services. >> is san jose finally on the rise after years of crippling cuts to core government functions? in his 2012 state of the city address, the mayor offered sympathy over some tough medicine in recent years, like cuts to the police and fire departments and pension reforms but then told the audience the physical pain would be rewarded. >> thanks to the city council willing to implement the fiscal reform plan, we can now begin discussing how to rebuild services for our residents and taxpayers, and that's good news for all of us. >> and good news for reed. in many respects
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